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8:40 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken—before its official release!  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And here is the first picture from a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPod touch, courtesy of hacker planetbeing.  Congratulations to all the iPhone/iPod team, including Pumpkin, Edgan, Dinopio, Drudge, Kroo, and all the rest.
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone: Testing the 1.1.2 Jailbreak  —  After a really late night, I had the privilege of being able to test some of the jailbreak software this morning.  This is not the final jailbreak software.  That will involve using a nice graphical user interface.  For now, I'm invited to use …
Discussion: Bits, Macsimum News and Engadget
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Latest iPhone update jailbroken before it hits the ground
Discussion: TechSpot News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Instructions posted for downgrading iPhone from 1.1.2 to 1.1.1
Evan DiBiase / The Evan Series:
Video Rentals Coming Soon to iTunes?  —  Before installing any iTunes upgrade, I dump the strings from the old iTunes binary.  Once the new version has installed, I diff the new version's strings against the old's, to see what shows up.  —  When I did this for the recent 7.5 upgrade, I found the following interesting (new) strings:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Movie Rentals Are Baked Into the Latest Version of iTunes.  —  Look inside the code of the latest version of iTunes (version 7.5), and you will find eight lines that speak volumes about Apple's next move in video.  Movie rentals and video-on-demand, it appears, are now baked into iTunes, just waiting to be turned on.
Tris Hussey / blognation Canada:
Om Malik & Arrington Blow Off BlogWorld-iJustine Fills In  —  The buzz around the show was that Om Mailk and Michael Arrington were skipping BlogWorld Expo even though both are confirmed speakers.  Right now Leo Laporte, after giving what I've heard was a kick-ass keynote, pulled iJustine in as a last minute panel member.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
BlogWorldExpo - Update - Arrington/Malik No Shows
Discussion: Valleywag
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Barry Diller's Bill Gates Imitation  —  I get it now: Barry Diller wants IAC/InterActiveCorp to be the Microsoft of the Internet.  I'm not saying that he seeks world domination and monopoly power over a billion computers.  I always assumed he wanted that.  With his imposing stature …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
@ Monaco: Barry Diller: I Still Believe In Synergy; But Think …
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung Stops Selling in Japan  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it had stopped selling flat panel televisions and other consumer products in Japan, citing poor profitability.  —  Samsung has emerged in the past decade and a half as a global giant in consumer electronics …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp (NWS): Launching An Ad Network, Too  —  News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media unit is one of the few big Web players that has yet to roll out its own ad network (selling space on third-party sites).  That's about to change, sources tell us: FIM is building out it own ad network …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Catherine McLean / Globe and Mail:
RIM sues LG over phone names  —  Black Label, Black Cherry and Strawberry are too similar to BlackBerry, company argues  —  In its latest showdown over trademarks, Research In Motion Ltd. sued LG Electronics Inc. this week as it tries to stop that company from using names that are a bit too BlackBerryesque …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can WiMAX be saved?  —  It costs money to build a nationwide network, even a citywide one.  Without some assurance of a return, few people want to go up against the current shared monopoly and drive down prices.  —  That's the clear message of the Clearwire-Sprint split on WiMAX …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook to let users vote on news feed [Scoop]  —  Snooping on user profiles isn't the only special privilege Facebook employees have.  They also get to test the site's latest features.  Like news feed voting.  Above is a mockup of my news feed as a Facebooker would see it, based on real screenshots from an inside source.
Discussion: Mashable!
Nick / Rough Type:
Tapping at the window  —  Spying is best done surreptitiously.  The Peeping Tom that you don't see is of infinitely less concern to you than the one who taps on your window and waves.  With its new Beacon ad program, Facebook taps on the window.  —  Nate Weiner reports on his first experience coming face …
Discussion: GigaOM, Valleywag and CNET News.com
Seeking Alpha:
DivX and Xbox 360: A Potential Win-Win For Everyone  —  DivX (DIVX) followed up Tuesday night's earnings report with a presentation at the JP Morgan SmMid cap conference.  After having just undergone their quarterly confessional, I didn't expect to hear any new information, but wanted to tune in anyway.
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Nigeria favors Linux vendor Mandriva over Microsoft once more  —  San Francisco - Microsoft may not have beaten French Linux vendor Mandriva in a large deal to supply Nigerian elementary schools with laptop computers and software after all.  —  Mandriva had closed a deal in mid-August …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Botmaster cops to four felonies  —  Security consultant controlled botnet from work  —  An American computer security consultant has agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts related to a series of schemes that used botnets to steal PayPal and online banking identities of Windows users …
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
E-Mail Scammers Ask Your Friends for Money  —  Nigeria continues to develop and export the world's most innovative Internet scams.  In one bizarre variation that seems to have ramped up in recent months, the scammers are taking a page from Facebook and leveraging the power of social connections.
Discussion: Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of the Splogs—One Of Our Posts Copied 152 Times Without Attribution  —  Here at TechCrunch, there is nothing we love more than when one of our posts gets linked to and talked about.  And like the majority of other blogs out there, we try to be good citizens by linking back to any source from which we excerpt.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
 
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
CrunchRumor: Sony launching 16GB Memory Stick at CES?
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Getting to Know You  —  While politicians and the U.S. Census Bureau …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
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InfoWorld:
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Discussion: Valleywag
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Windows Live Translator For Your Website
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
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Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'
Karl / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable To Employ DNS Redirection - The 'butterfinger …
Hollywood Reporter:
Second life for 'Quarterlife' due to writers strike?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Surface taking a while to, you know, surface
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun